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History ignored will be repeated

History ignored will be repeated

If we chose to ignore the shameful, uncomfortable, ignorant, or criminal past, we place ourselves in a vacuum of future failure.  We need to acknowledge the past, ask the Lord, how we got ourselves into such a place, then ask Him to help us repent, change our belief systems and grow from the past mistakes.

On the other hand, reminding everyone of their mistakes over and over is just as dangerous.  It brings shame and anger alive and causes rifts and bitterness to flourish, where forgiveness and peace need to grow.

We choose both how we deal with our pasts and how we move on into our futures.  Will we learn what caused the problems in the first place?  Will we ask the hard questions that need godly answers?  Will we repent for our part in the problems, asking God and the offended to forgive us?

If we can face the shame and ask God to lead us out of the past failures, into a greater place of communication, caring for each other, getting rid of the selfishness of the “Me” generations, then perhaps our families, cities, and nations will start to mature and grow up into caring individuals looking out for each other.

This horrible blame game and finger-pointing needs to stop!  It is so counter-productive to human growth and maturity.  It is childish and very selfish.  Each person’s view of the past is different and only when we forgive each other, and chose to leave the past in the past, can we move on.

Father God, help our families, our cities, and nations to deal with the past with forgiveness, kindness and allow us to grow to care about each other in a new way.  Help us to look to You for guidance.  Heal our nations we pray in Jesus’ Name.

2Chronicles 7:14

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Daniel 9:19

O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.

Mar 11:25,26 TPT

“And whenever you stand praying, if you find that you carry something in your heart against another person, release him and forgive him so that your Father in heaven will also release you and forgive you of your faults.   But if you will not release forgiveness, don’t expect your Father in heaven to release you from your misdeeds.”

Luke 6:37 TPT

Jesus said, “Forsake the habit of criticizing and judging others, and then you will not be criticized and judged in return. Don’t look at others and pronounce them guilty, and you will not experience guilty accusations yourself. Forgive over and over and you will be forgiven over and over. ”

Luke 17:1-4 TPT

One day Jesus taught his disciples this: “Betrayals are inevitable, but great devastation will come to the one guilty of betraying others. It would be better for him to have a heavy boulder tied around his neck and be hurled into the deepest sea than to face the punishment of betraying one of my dear ones! So be alert to your brother’s condition, and if you see him going the wrong direction, cry out and correct him. If there is true repentance on his part, forgive him. No matter how many times in one day your brother sins against you and says, ‘I’m sorry; I am changing; forgive me,’ you need to forgive him each and every time.”

Matthew 5:43-48

“Your ancestors have also been taught ‘Love your neighbors and hate the one who hates you.’ However, I say to you, love your enemy, bless the one who curses you, do something wonderful for the one who hates you, and respond to the very ones who persecute you by praying for them.   For that will reveal your identity as children of your heavenly Father. He is kind to all by bringing the sunrise to warm and rainfall to refresh whether a person does what is good or evil.  What reward do you deserve if you only love the loveable? Don’t even the tax collectors do that?   How are you any different from others if you limit your kindness only to your friends? Don’t even the ungodly do that?    Since you are children of a perfect Father in heaven, you are to be perfect like him.”

 

You saved the best till now!

You Saved the Best For Now!

When listening to the book of John, Chapter 2, recently a phrase stood out to me in a new way. It was the scene of the Wedding at Cana.  Let’s read it in the Message Translation and I will share what the Lord showed me about it.

The Wedding at Cana
John 2:1-11  Three days later there was a wedding in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there. Jesus and his disciples were guests also. When they started running low on wine at the wedding banquet, Jesus’ mother told him, “They’re just about out of wine.” 
 Jesus said, “Is that any of our business, Mother—yours or mine? This isn’t my time. Don’t push me.” She went ahead anyway, telling the servants, “Whatever he tells you, do it.” 
 Six stoneware water pots were there, used by the Jews for ritual washings. Each held twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus ordered the servants, “Fill the pots with water.” And they filled them to the brim.  “Now fill your pitchers and take them to the host,” Jesus said, and they did. 
 When the host tasted the water that had become wine (he didn’t know what had just happened but the servants, of course, knew), he called out to the bridegroom, 
 “Everybody I know begins with their finest wines and after the guests have had their fill brings in the cheap stuff. But you’ve saved the best till now!” 
 This act in Cana of Galilee was the first sign Jesus gave, the first glimpse of his glory. And his disciples believed in him.

The Lord spoke to my spirit as to a deeper meaning of this passage.  He sent many great prophets to Israel.  Over and over He sent them holy men who proclaimed the Truth of God.  The more they drank, the less the flavor mattered.  Yet there came a day, when the wine was failing that God sent the Best Wine, Jesus Himself.  He was the best and finest of gifts from God.  He fulfilled what the prophets could not fulfil.  God saved His best for last.

Have a little talk with Jesus Worship Team

Worship Team singing "Have a little talk with Jesus"

Have A Little Talk With Jesus”

I once was lost in sin but Jesus took me in
And then a little light from heaven filled my soul
It bathed my heart in love and it wrote my name above
And just a little talk with my Jesus made me whole

Have a little talk with Jesus tell him all about our troubles
Hear our fainted cry answer by and by
Feel a little prayer wheel turning know a little fire is burning
Find a little talk with Jesus makes it right

Sometimes my path grows drear without a ray of cheer
And then a cloud of doubt may hide the day
The mists of sin may rise and hide the starry skies
But just a little talk with Jesus clears the way

Have a little talk with Jesus…
I may have doubts and fears my eyes be filled with tears
But Jesus is a friend who watches day and night
I go to him in prayer he knows my every care
And just a little talk with my Jesus makes it right
Have a little talk with Jesus…
Find a little talk with Jesus makes it right
(Cleveland Derricks)

God loves the world-He hates sin

God loves the world, He hates sin

John 3:16-21 The Passion Translation 

16 For this is how much God loved the world—he gave his one and only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life.

17 “God did not send his Son into the world to judge and condemn the world, but to be its Savior and rescue it! 18 So now there is no longer any condemnation for those who believe in him, but the unbeliever already lives under condemnation because they do not believe in the name of God’s beloved Son. 19 And here is the basis for their judgment: The Light of God has now come into the world, but the hearts of people love their darkness more than the Light because they want the darkness to conceal their evil. 20 So the wicked hate the Light and try to hide from it, for their lives are fully exposed in the Light. 21 But those who love the truth will come out into the Light and welcome its exposure, for the Light will reveal that their fruitful works were produced by God.”

Romans 1:18-32 The Passion Translation 

God Reveals His Wrath

18 For God in heaven unveils his holy anger breaking forth against every form of sin, both toward ungodliness that lives in hearts and evil actions. For the wickedness of humanity deliberately smothers the truth and keeps people from acknowledging the truth about God. 19 In reality, the truth of God is known instinctively, for God has embedded this knowledge inside every human heart. 20 Opposition to truth cannot be excused on the basis of ignorance, because from the creation of the world, the invisible qualities of God’s nature have been made visible, such as his eternal power and transcendence. He has made his wonderful attributes easily perceived, for seeing the visible makes us understand the invisible. So then, this leaves everyone without excuse.

21 Throughout human history the fingerprints of God were upon them, yet they refused to honor him as God or even be thankful for his kindness. Instead, they entertained corrupt and foolish thoughts about what God was like. This left them with nothing but misguided hearts, steeped in moral darkness. 22 Although claiming to be super-intelligent, they were, in fact, shallow fools 23 For only a fool would trade the unfading splendor of the immortal God to worship the fading image of other humans, idols made to look like people, animals, birds, and even creeping reptiles!

24 This is why God lifted off his restraining hand and let them have full expression of their sinful and shameful desires. They were given over to moral depravity, dishonoring their bodies by sexual perversion among themselves— 25 all because they traded the truth of God for a lie. They worshiped and served the things God made rather than the God who made all things—glory, and praises to him for eternity of eternities! Amen!

26–27 For this reason God gave them over to their own disgraceful and vile passions. Enflamed with lust for one another, men and women ignored the natural order and exchanged normal sexual relations for homosexuality. Women engaged in lesbian conduct and men committed shameful acts with men, receiving in themselves the due penalty for their deviation.

28 And because they thought it was worthless to embrace the true knowledge of God, God gave them over to a worthless mind-set, to break all rules of proper conduct. 29 Their sinful lives became full of every kind of evil, wicked schemes, greed, and cruelty. Their hearts overflowed with jealous cravings, and with conflict and strife, which drove them into hateful arguments and murder. They are deceitful liars full of hostility. They are gossips 30 who love to spread malicious slander. With inflated egos, they hurl hateful insults at God, yet they are nothing more than arrogant boasters. They are rebels against their parents and totally immoral. 31 They are senseless, faithless, ruthless, heartless, and completely merciless. 32 Although they are fully aware of God’s laws and proper order, and knowing that those who do all of these things deserve to die, yet they still go headlong into darkness, encouraging others to do the same and applauding them when they do!

The Fear of the Lord is the Beginning of Wisdom

Proverbs 9:10,11 NKJV

10 “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11 For by me your days will be multiplied,
And years of life will be added to you.

Proverbs 10:3 NKJV

The Lord will not allow the righteous soul to famish,
But He casts away the desire of the wicked.

We need to be more Mary than Martha in this hour

We need to be more Mary than Martha in this hour

Luke 10:38-42  (ERV)

38 While Jesus and his followers were traveling, he went into a town, and a woman named Martha let him stay at her house. 39 She had a sister named Mary. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet and listening to him teach. 40 But her sister Martha was busy doing all the work that had to be done. Martha went in and said, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are getting worried and upset about too many things. 42 Only one thing is important. Mary has made the right choice, and it will never be taken away from her.”

The Lord spoke to my heart this morning.  He said we need to have the heart attitude of Mary and lessen Martha’s attitude.  Both of these sisters loved Jesus.  In reading the passage above, there is an implication that Martha was the oldest of the siblings.  If that is the case it would explain a lot of why Martha was so “busy” preparing for Jesus and the apostles’ visit to their home.  It was her responsibility to have a meal ready, the home welcoming, and make the guests comfortable.  More than likely, Mary would have been helping her in these tasks.  On this occasion, Mary was so caught up in the presence of Jesus, she ignored all the usual physical responsibilities to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen.

The one phrase from the Scripture above shows the heart of Martha; “doing all the work that had to be done”.  There had to be food prepared, there had to be mats put out for the guests to sit upon, there had to be water to wash their feet upon entrance into the house.  Mary ignored all that to sit with Jesus and hear what He had to say.  We cannot judge Martha, we can understand her and see where she missed her opportunity to be with Jesus also.  She chose to fret about perfecting the home-welcome, instead of welcoming the Lord.

We are in the same place this year.  We have been so focused on survival, on doing the best we can to keep our homes, our families, our ministries, etc… going that we have neglected sitting at the feet of Jesus and hearing what He has to say.  We are missing time with Him, building relationships.  May we resist being too busy to be with Him.

Trusting God = Relaxing in Peace

Looking at this photo gives a lot of us a creepy feeling.  The road seems to narrow and looks dangerous and even scary.  The Lord really spoke to my heart about my reaction to this photo.  He told me very clearly, “If you would trust me, hold my hand and let us just walk down this road, I will show the hidden treasures and secrets hidden on each side of the journey.”

I was startled at that statement and realized, though I thought I was trusting Jesus along my journey, I was holding on too tight to His hand, still really walking in a place of fear.  When I deliberately stopped, breathed deeply and put my trust back into Him, the hidden things in the photo started revealing the truth.

  1. First, there is a road already created that we can walk on.
  2. Someone has already gone ahead and prepared the road.
  3. It looks like it shrinks from the position the photographer took the photo, but as you walk closer, the perspective changes and it won’t be as small as it looks now.
  4. If I am walking this road with the Lord Jesus, there is no need to fear.
  5. If fear is not allowed on the road with us, we can indeed stop along the way and look at the wonderful things hidden on the sides of the road.
  6. I imagined small patches of violets, rabbits, and other small furry creatures wandering there.  The whole photo changed into an adventure instead of a place of fear!

May we all reach a place of trusting in the Lord, kicking fear out of our journey and shift to joy and peace in our personal walk with the Lord Jesus.